Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cusi to energy investors: Let us fuel the Mindanao economy

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 - Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi called on the private sector to support the government's energy program through investments.

“We urge our partners in the private sector to actively participate in our country’s energy development, to fuel the dreams and aspiration of Mindanao,” Cusi said in a message delivered by DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella during the E-Power Mo Mindanao campaign in Davao City on October 3.

“We have a gigantic task ahead of us to make the Philippines globally competitive, which requires the substantial infusion of investments," said Cusi.

Cusi reiterated that the DOE pursues a fuel and technology-neutral policy while balancing environmental concerns. "The DOE will push socio-economic growth through a competitive selection process to ensure reasonably-priced energy," he said.

The DOE also follows a three-pronged approach driven by three I's – incentives, investments and innovation.

“Under the three I's approach, the government will provide the necessary support for players who want to invest in new technologies that not only increases reliability, but also reduces emissions. Supporting the approach is Executive Order No. 30, creating the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC) to streamline regulatory procedures affecting energy projects of national significance,” Cusi clarified.

Around 600 individuals coming from the academe, energy associations, companies involved in power, renewable energy, coal, petroleum, natural gas, alternative vehicles and energy efficiency industries as well as partners from national government agencies attended the E-Power Mo Mindanao leg.

Furthermore, DOE also reported on the major initiatives agreed upon during the 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings (AMEM35) hosted by the country concluding that we now have more partners for energy development. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Work Summit 2017 launched in Siargao

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 4 –The jobs fair, livelihood clinic, and one-stop processing of pertinent documents such as identification cards, clearances and permits were highlighted during the official launching of Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Work Summit 2017 held at the Municipal Gymnasium of General Luna, Siargao Island.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Dominador Say who ably represented Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, affirmed that the first Work Summit in Siargao aims to facilitate jobs for the ordinary people as they gather employers, aspiring employees and various agencies.

“This fair is a blueprint for decent job creation through employment and entrepreneurship for 2017-2022. It is set to prepare our workforce for the industry’s needs today and tomorrow. It is a convergence among government, academe, private sector and community organizations where we resolve to work in partnership to increase income by generating more jobs and promoting entrepreneurship,” Say said.

For livelihood assistance, the Rizal Fishermen Organization of Bucas Grande Island received P289,678 for their pilot project, mini groceries and fishing gear supplies.

Another P345,605 was apportioned to Tanawan Consumers Cooperative in the municipality of Socorro for their community grocery and agrivet while Bucas Grande Agri-Fishing Organization gained a total of P306,350 for the same project.

Salaries amounting to P390,774 was also assigned for the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the municipalities of Dapa, San Isidro and Pilar. Municipalities of San Benito and Socorro received the Special Employment Program for the Students (SPES)

The local government spearheaded by Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco Jose ‘Bingo’ Matugas II and Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. hosted the summit, along with other partner agencies. (VLG/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Siargao featured as top 5 tourist destination

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 4 – Siargao has just been lifted up by CNN Go from eighth place to top five of the best tourism destinations in the world, announced General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon during the 23rd Siargao International Surfing Cup.

CNN Go is the online streaming platform of Cable News Network (CNN). It is a monthly 30-minute show featuring a unique take on global destinations, getting views from genuine insiders on what gives dynamic destinations around the world their distinctive buzz.

1st Legislative District of Surigao del Norte representative Francisco Jose Matugas II said they were developing great plans for Siargao. “We want Siargao to be on top, as the center of tourism in this part of the world. That is why we see to it that the Siargao Circumferential Road is fully completed," he said.

"On top of that, I also endeavor to operationalize the Siargao International Airport and to set in place the Materials Recovery Facility because we enforce a zero tolerance policy against waste materials. We don’t want Siargao to be just another Boracay where there is a solid waste management problem. We are also planning to build a nautical highway, a bridge connecting Hayangabon to Socorro and Socorro to Consolacion, Dapa,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also congratulated everyone for making the tourism festival colorful, and assured the people that the current administration is always supporting their endeavours.

Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez also delivered their congratulatory speeches in support of the historic event.

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Universe Rachel Peters, Dina Bonnevie and Borgy Manotoc were among the popular celebrities in the entertainment world who were spotted during the Surfing Cup event.


Also present were Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, Tourism Regional Director Ma. Ana Nuguid, Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Villafuerte, Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano and Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. (VLG/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)